• Your guide to the new Marriott Bonvoy program: status, perks and more

    Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards schemes will finally come together under the single Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program from February 13. Marking the culmination of the long-running merger between Marriott, Starwood and The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Bonvoy b...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • Fast-track to Marriott Rewards Gold, Platinum status

    Have some upcoming stays planned at hotels like Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Westin, and other properties attached to the combined Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs such as W, Autograph Collection and Sheraton? Those stays – and any new ones you...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • Finding the status 'sweet spot' in hotel loyalty programs

    While the top tier of any hotel's loyalty program always provides that chain's best perks, reaching such stratospheric levels isn't always easy – especially for travellers who spread their wings and venture to a variety of destinations, staying with different hotels throughout the year rath...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 10 Comments

  • Your guide to hotel club lounge access

    Hotel club lounges can be a business traveller’s best friend, offering a place to perch and work during the day, and to unwind with a tipple in the evening (not that we’d ever suggest spending your whole day indoors!) Of course, booking into an executive/club room or a suite is the s...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 6 Comments

  • How to merge your Marriott, Starwood Preferred Guest accounts

    As the merger between Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards continues to roll out, members can now combine their hotel loyalty memberships into one account: pooling together all their nights and points into a single program. That’s handy when it comes time...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2018 3 Comments

  • Travellers take measure of the Marriott-Starwood merger

    For their honeymoon, Alex Diacre and his wife, Sarah, traveled halfway around the world, from New York to the Maldives, a chain of atolls in the Indian Ocean. The breakfast menu at their hotel, the St. Regis, was a journey unto itself. Each morning they’d find a table looking out over the ...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2018 9 Comments

  • Revised American Express points transfer rate for SPG, Marriott

    With the imminent merger of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs, American Express is revising the conversion rate for transferring American Express Membership Rewards credit card points into the new combined hotel loyalty scheme. The revamped rates kick in from August...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2018 15 Comments

  • Marriott's new program: how many points you'll need to book a stay

    With Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards being merged into one giant hotel loyalty program from August 1, Marriott has finally revealed how many points will be needed to book a room at each hotel under the new scheme. This includes the shift from a flat rate to de...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2018 7 Comments

  • Winners and losers from Starwood SPG in Marriott's new program

    With the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program winding down in August, SPG members will soon be moved across to a new, giant loyalty program under the Marriott banner, bringing with it a fresh set of rules, benefits and status levels, as one of the final stages of the Marriott+SPG merger. For a...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2018 11 Comments

  • Marriott's new program: winners and losers from Marriott Rewards

    Marriott Rewards members will find a new hotel loyalty program waiting for them in August – and perhaps even a new membership tier to come along with it, but how does the new, as-yet-unnamed scheme compare to today’s program for perks and points? Australian Business Traveller compare...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2018 4 Comments

  • Marriott downgrades elite status for SPG Gold members

    Starwood Preferred Guest Gold members hoping to nab Platinum Elite status under Marriott’s new combined hotel loyalty program will be disappointed, with the chain now confirming that these travellers will only be matched to Gold Elite under the new scheme – not Platinum Elit...

    POSTED 11 May, 2018 28 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Marriott’s new loyalty program

    UPDATE | Earlier advice and commentary provided by Marriott International to Australian Business Traveller has proven to be incorrect. Specifically, this relates to a statement from the company that SPG Gold members would be granted Platinum Elite status under the new program by way of their link...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2018 18 Comments

  • Revealed: Marriott's new mega hotel loyalty program

    Marriott has taken the next big step to align its three hotel loyalty programs into one, revealing the details of what will become the brand’s single loyalty program, merging members from Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards. The new scheme still doesn’...

    POSTED 17 Apr, 2018 26 Comments

  • Instant status match: how to link your Marriott, Starwood accounts

    Thanks to the merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, elite members of the chains’ respective Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs can snap up elite status in the other program, just by linking their accounts. For example, if y...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 3 Comments

  • Marriott plans new Westin Darwin hotel for 2020

    Travellers to the Top End will find a new luxury Westin Darwin hotel opening in 2020, as part of the chain’s Australian expansion which also includes new Westin properties in Brisbane and Perth. The 240-room hotel will feature 14 suites with water and city views, along with three internal ...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • How to get Marriott Gold Elite status from just one hotel stay

    Gold Elite status in the Marriott Rewards program usually comes in return for spending at least 50 nights a year at hotels like Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton and Autograph Collection – but thanks to a crafty partnership between Marriott, Starwood and MasterCard, there’s a wa...

    POSTED 11 May, 2017 6 Comments

  • Marriott eyes 50 hotels for Australia, NZ, Pacific region by 2020

    Marriott's portfolio of hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the broader Pacific region will stretch to 50 properties by the end of 2020, aided by its recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. With 24 locations currently  within the region, those ambitious expansion plans see tha...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2016 4 Comments

  • Marriott, Starwood hotels to launch new super-loyalty program

    The ink is barely dry on the US$12 billion mega-merger of Marriott and Starwood, but it looks like the hotel colossus will be creating an all-new ‘unified’ loyalty program under a new brand. This would see Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards subsumed i...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2016 3 Comments

  • New hotel credit card fees could hammer your hip pocket

    Hotel chains nationwide including Accor, IHG, Rydges and Starwood are amending their credit card fees in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms on credit card surcharging. As a result, many hotel guests will now pay a lower credit card fee when using Visa or MasterCard, but whip...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • Diners Club shuffles the points partnership deck

    UPDATE | Diners Club has reversed some recent changes to its credit card rewards program, with points transfers to the American Airlines AAdvantage and Starwood Preferred Guest schemes both being retained. Transfers to these programs were to be axed from Diners Club Rewards as of June 1 2016, al...

    POSTED 3 May, 2016 13 Comments

  • Marriott furthers Middle East expansion with new digs in Doha

    Marriott’s ambitious expansion plans in the Middle East will continue throughout the decade with a new Doha Marriott Executive Apartments property opening in 2019. Suited to travellers on longer stays in the Qatari capital, the 300-suite property will still provide amenities you’d fi...

    POSTED 28 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • Marriott plans nine new hotels for Dubai, Abu Dhabi

    IN BRIEF | The United Arab Emirates is gearing up for an influx of Marriott-chain hotels over the coming years, including the new Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai by the end of 2016. With 298 rooms, the property targets both discovery-orientated business travellers and “curious leisure tra...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • Marriott eyes 100+ new hotels in China by 2021

    In a new deal between Marriott International and Eastern Crown Hotels Group the pair is planning to open 140 new Fairfield by Marriott hotels across China in the coming years with at least 100 of those welcoming guests by 2021. A mid-range brand for both business and leisure travellers seeking p...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2016 1 Comment

  • Your guide to the Marriott Rewards hotel loyalty program

    Alongside the expected hotel perks like room upgrades for frequent guests and free Internet access for all, Marriott Rewards also treats top-tier members to free breakfast, hotel lounge access and even United Premier Silver/Star Alliance Silver frequent flyer status. Those perks and more are ear...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2016 3 Comments

  • Marriott

    Marriott International makes its debut in Nanjing, China this month with the opening of the Renaissance Nanjing Olympic Centre hotel, appealing to “lifestyle business travellers” who hope to explore and experience some of the local culture during their otherwise-working visit. At the...

    POSTED 20 Jan, 2016 0 Comments

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